10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance
This year-long intensive and practical course gives students the skills to perform live and on screen. During the course students learn how to collaborate with others to develop and create original works for stage and screen.
Training is practical, with classes in acting techniques for both live and screen work, performance styles and production practices. The course puts you centre stage and in front of the camera, giving you the tools to develop your own stories for stage and screen.
Students learn about the multiplicity of roles, technologies and methodologies that exist within the theatre, film, TV and the digital industries.
The course is taught by NIDA staff and leading tutors from the entertainment arts industry. At the end of the course, students present a live and filmed showcase of their work in one of the NIDA Theatres attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.
Applications to study at NIDA in 2021 will open on Monday 6 July.
About the course
Course dates and times
2020 Course dates
Monday 28 September – Friday 4 December
The course 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance comprises the following units of competency:
- CUAIND402 Provide Freelance Services
- CUAACT401 Use a Range of Acting Techniques in Performance
- CUAMPF602 Manage Stagecraft Aspects of Performance
- CUAPPR502 Develop Own Sustainable Professional Practice
- CUAPRF503 Prepare for Performances in a Competitive Environment
- CUAWHS501 Maintain a High Level of Fitness for Performance
- DSSASC501 Apply Storytelling Conventions
- DSSUPP502 Use Performance Practices to Develop a Production
- DSSDWS503 Devise Works for Stage
- DSSDWS504 Devise Works for Screen
- DSSDAT505 Develop Acting Techniques for Screen
- DSSADE506 Apply Design Elements for Stage
- DSSADE507 Apply Design Elements for Screen
- DSSUTP508 Use Technology in Performance
This vocational course provides students with knowledge and skills to perform the following functions associated with the entertainment arts:
- Performer, able to interpret scripts; build, present and sustain characters; and collaborate with others to create live performance, screen and media productions.
- Deviser, able to originate and develop characters, situations and stories for live performance, screen and media productions.
Essential requirements for admission
- Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course
- Have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent; ATAR is not required
- Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation at the interview or audition
- Complete the interview/audition requirements for the course
We select applicants who:
- Demonstrate skills in acting
- Exhibit a capacity to collaborate
- Communicate effectively
- Respond to direction and feedback
The 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is only open to domestic students.
Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.
Tuition fees for 2020 for 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance
2020 Full course fee: $16,425
Further financial information
VET Student Loans
NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider.
Enrolled vocational students can defer part of their fees using VET Student Loans (Australian citizens and permanent residents only). A 20% loan fee applies to VET Student Loans. The amount of the VET Student Loans provided for a part of a course or unit, plus the VET Student Loan fee of 20% is referred to as the VETSL Debt. More information regarding VET Students Loans can be found here;
VETSL Debt repayments are generally made after the student commences full time employment, repayment amounts are taken out of their pay by the Australian tax system. Students can make voluntary repayments at any time to reduce their balance; payments are made directly to the Australian Tax Office.
More information about paying back your VETSL Debt can be found here;
Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY. Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information.
NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under the National Vocational Education and Regulator Act 2011 to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. NIDA is a NVR Registered Training Organisation (RTO): ID number 90349.
How to apply
How to apply
Returning 2019 applicants: If your email address already exists in the application system you will not be able to create a new account . Please follow the link below to reset your password, use your email address as your User Login ID. Reset your password here.
- A passport style photograph (less than six months old, in colour, well lit, plain background).
- Proof of identification (e.g. passport, driver’s licence, birth certificate; ID must show your date of birth).
- Evidence of your most recent qualification (e.g. school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript or testamur).
- Thursday 7 November 2019 (audition timeslot is now full, sessions are still available in Sydney and Melbourne)
- Monday 25 November 2019
- Tuesday 26 November 2019
- Wednesday 27 November 2019
- Thursday 28 November 2019
- Friday 29 November 2019
- Monday 2 December 2019
- Tuesday 3 December 2019
- Wednesday 4 December 2019
- Thursday 5 December 2019
- Brisbane – Thursday 7 November 2019
- Melbourne – Thursday 5 December 2019
- Sydney – Monday 9 December 2019 or Tuesday 10 December 2019
Applicants must attend an audition/interview session.
When you book an interview:
- Provide us with an outline of your previous experience and training.
You will need to prepare:
- One short monologue from a contemporary play of approximately two minutes in length. You may choose an Australian or an international play.
NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.
Due to the volume of auditions carried out, we are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the audition panel is final.
It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.
At the interview, you will:
- Present your prepared monologue.
- Participate in collaborative tasks, including group improvisation.
- Potentially perform your monologue again.
- Discuss your previous training and performance experience.
- Recalls may occur on another day or involve additional preparation, you will be provided with information regarding recalls at the audition if successful.
Tips for the day
- Wear suitable clothing – any casual clothing that does not limit movement is acceptable
As a graduate of the 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance you have the performance skills and theory knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including television, film, theatre and radio.
- Performer for stage and screen
- Writer or creator for stage and screen
See NIDA's list of Alumni.
If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:
Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033
Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au
Read more about NIDA's Executive Director Pathways and Partnerships Mark Gaal
NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349